Digitalization in Road Traffic


Digitalization is on the rise, including in traffic law. This not only opens up more opportunities, it also means that new areas of regulation increasingly need to be addressed. Legislators and road users are now focusing on issues of safety, data protection and efficiency. Autonomous driving, for example, is particularly interesting. This raises questions regarding liability in particular. Should the manufacturer be held liable or the relevant road user? According to German law, the vehicle owner is always the liable party. However, the road traffic regulations are of course based on the traditional understanding of driving and do not take into account modern understandings such as autonomy. It is therefore necessary to consider how to deal with such a situation in which the software and not the human being is in control.

The issue of data protection is also very important. Vehicles that are connected to the internet collect large amounts of data about driving behavior, locations and even the communication of passengers. They are the basis for enabling further developments in the transport sector, but raise clear data protection issues regarding their use.

The prosecution of traffic violations has also changed. Digital technologies enable more efficient monitoring and enforcement of traffic regulations. Fine notices, for example, are increasingly being sent digitally rather than by post. It is also possible to have them checked digitally via websites so that an appeal can be lodged if necessary.

Overall, there are significantly more options that simplify many situations and speed up the procedure. At the same time, however, the legal aspects, which can be very complex, are also increasing. A thorough examination is therefore required to ensure that everyone's rights are protected.

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